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Saudis postpone blogger's flogging for third week

Jan 31, 2015

Saudis postpone blogger's flogging for third week

Authorities in Saudi Arabia delayed the flogging of a blogger convicted of insulting Islam for a third straight week Friday in the face of growing international pressure against the punishment, according to rights group Amnesty International. Raif Badawi underwent the first of what were ...

Rap music mogul 'Suge' Knight arrested in fatal hit-and-run

Jan 31, 2015

Rap music mogul 'Suge' Knight arrested in fatal hit-and-run

Sheriff’s deputies booked the former hip-hop mogul Marion “Suge” Knight on suspicion of murder after they said he hit and killed a man with his pickup truck, seriously injured another and then fled. His lawyer said he was an innocent victim who accidentally ran ...

Russian mother of seven accused of treason over Ukraine

Jan 30, 2015

Russian mother of seven accused of treason over Ukraine

A mother of seven has been accused of treason for calling the Ukrainian Embassy about Russian troop movements in the latest sign of Moscow attempting to cover up its intervention in its neighboring state. Svetlana Davydova, 36, was arrested last week by a group ...

Saudi airman imprisoned for raping boy in Las Vegas

Jan 29, 2015

Saudi airman imprisoned for raping boy in Las Vegas

A Saudi Arabian Air Force sergeant who arrived in Las Vegas for New Year’s Eve two years ago may never get to leave Nevada after being sentenced Wednesday to a minimum of 35 years in state prison for kidnapping and raping a 13-year-old boy ...

2,200 pillaged ancient artifacts are seized in Europe

Jan 29, 2015

2,200 pillaged ancient artifacts are seized in Europe

Over 2,200 looted artifacts, many from ancient Egypt, were seized as part of a European crackdown that also snared 35 suspected traffickers, Europol announced Wednesday. Among the most valuable of the recovered cultural items was a majestic bust of the Egyptian goddess Sekhmet worth ...

Litvinenko postmortem 'most dangerous ever in Western world'

Jan 29, 2015

Litvinenko postmortem 'most dangerous ever in Western world'

The postmortem examination carried out on poisoned Russian ex-spy Alexander Litvinenko was “probably the most dangerous ever conducted in the Western world” an inquiry into the cause of his death heard on Wednesday. Litvinenko died in a London hospital on Nov. 23, 2006, three ...

Ex-KGB spy Litvinenko may have been poisoned twice, inquiry told

Jan 28, 2015

Ex-KGB spy Litvinenko may have been poisoned twice, inquiry told

Ex-KGB spy Alexander Litvinenko, who died after drinking tea poisoned with a rare radioactive isotope, told British police that Russian President Vladimir Putin was personally behind the attack, an inquiry into his killing heard Tuesday. Litvinenko was poisoned with radioactive polonium not once but ...

Jan 28, 2015

Chinese police suspended for eating endangered salamander

The southern Chinese city of Shenzhen suspended 14 police officers and put a police chief under investigation on Tuesday on suspicion of feasting on an endangered giant salamander, state media reported. The officers allegedly were consuming the animal, the world’s largest amphibian, at a ...

Brazil police hunting stolen cars find two tanks

Jan 28, 2015

Brazil police hunting stolen cars find two tanks

A Brazilian police raid to recover stolen cars and cargo came up with a more interesting find: two war tanks. Police in Brazil’s biggest city said Tuesday that the engineless tanks were found inside a warehouse in Sacoma, a low-income district in Sao Paulo. ...

Jan 28, 2015

U.S. exonerations hit record, driven by errors in Texas drug cases

The U.S. saw a record number of exonerations in 2014, due in part to cases in Texas in which drug convictions were dismissed after lab tests determined that the accused never had illegal substances, a report released Tuesday shows. The National Registry of Exonerations ...

Ex-CIA officer in leak case found guilty of espionage

Jan 27, 2015

Ex-CIA officer in leak case found guilty of espionage

A former CIA officer was convicted of espionage charges Monday for having leaked to a New York Times journalist classified details of a secret operation to thwart Iran’s nuclear program. Jurors found Jeffrey Sterling guilty on all nine counts he faced in federal court ...

Jan 27, 2015

First beheading under new Saudi king stirs attention; guilt doubted

Saudi Arabia on Monday executed a man convicted of raping several girls in a case that has captured the kingdom’s attention and marks the first beheading carried out under the newly enthroned King Salman. The Interior Ministry said Moussa al-Zahrani was executed in the ...